Observations.


 I recently watched two films that for me held powerful messages and symbols. You may not agree with me and that’s okay. I will also have two more films that I think bear watching at the end of my commentary.

MALCOLM X

So extreme and so different from what I was use to, being brought up on white bread and hate. I don’t hate and so I watched. I needed to see what it was that I was missing in my life. I grew up during those times and heard the names and saw the news. Watched the Olympics and saw the hands raised in defiance and secretly was very proud. My mother being from the south, well you can guess what she thought of it. Heard how there were riots in some of the large cities and that we all had to lock our doors and look at African/Americans with suspicion. I cried when Dr King was killed as I also cried when Bobby Kennedy was killed. What was it about those times that made us who we are today and why are those sad days of race hate coming back.

 Islam. I’d never heard that before until the first gulf war and so I researched, without a computer, and found a book the, Quan, and read so when I heard about a film called Malcolm X I was curious but I didn’t go see it. I was afraid. Afraid of being the only white person in the theater and taunted out for just wanting to watch it. I know that was shameful on my part, I’m older now and really don’t care what people would think.

 Malcolm X shows me what I missed and what I so needed to know growing up. I will watch it again just because I liked it. It was well played and well done. I would suggest that you watch it too.

 

THE BUTLER

From the extreme of Malcolm X to the sedateness of The Butler. Both needed and both so poignant. As with the first film it was about a time of change in America and told from two different points of view. I cried with this film also and for the same reasons as the first. But one part made  me smile and go YEAH!. When the character was working in the hotel in the south he used a word that is so degrading that it should never be used by anyone ever again. He was slapped for saying it and I don’t like my twitter family to even use it, the word for anyone who wants to know is the N word. I so loved this sweet sad uplifting film that it is now one of grannies favorites.

Life in this country has not been as kind as it should have been for the , bare with me, nigger/negro/black/African/american But we as a people of this nation can and should change it. Yes these things did happen and they are a part of our history but they can be made better. My only worry if the frightful stand your ground laws that are being passed. This will cause the all out war that the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers wanted. and it will be a sad cold day for us all then. 

Thank for reading this. Oh an the other two films I want you to see are The Color Purple, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Keep watching films and reading books. PEACEImageImageImageImage

Veterans Day


 Today we have been honoring out Vets, two footed and four footed. And I’ve been thinking of some of the movies that have been made of all the wars that have been fought throughout time. One of ganny’s favorites is The Battle Of Britain.

Subtle writing made for a hard film to watch if you didn’t quite get it. I was one of the lucky few that did get it.

We have the start of the WWII for those in the western part of Europe. France has been invaded by the Reich and the next target is England. But Hitler stops at the channel, why, that is one of those questions I don’t think we’ll truly ever know. Any way England is a stepping stone but they will fight and die for their country.They didn’t have many planes or pilots and so that is why the had pilots from all over the world to help them out. Ever our own General Chuck Yagger was fight there before America got involved. Betcha didn’t know that did ya. And for some odd reason  I always think that Oliver Reed was in this film but he isn’t, but he should have been This would have made a great film for him. I’m posting a link to IMDb for those that want to see a cast list, writers directors and such.

This is one of those films that is all but forgotten here because it’s not a film about Americans in the war but it needs to be remembered as a part of the history of WWII. 

My father was in that war and so I can never forget any of it and I have nothing but great respect for those that fought and died and those that fought and came back, sometimes not as whole, mentally or physically, 

We need to honor them and this is one way I know of that shows what war and dying for your country really is like. So if you get a chance watch The Battle Of Britain and make it one of your favorites. 

Pacific Rim


WOW!!!!

What a ride this film was. From beginning to end this film actually made sense. If you haven’t seen it I won’t do a spoiler. I was not sure if I wanted to watch it but once I got into it I was hooked. Normally I don’t like very much the whole alien invasion thing but this one was different. The sets where great and the choreography that the actors had to do was brilliant.

So my pick is Pacific Rim for a really great time being lost in a film. But don’t watch it just once watch it many, many times there’s always something new you didn’t see before.

True Skepticism: Conspiracy Theories, Irrational Thought, and the Scientific Method


Finally someone who makes sense.

The Cosmic Atheist

Boston Bomb Conspiracy
Photo Credit: The Skeptical Libertarian

It’s one thing for a conspiracy theorist to ignore the pain and suffering of other human beings; to use tragedy as a vehicle for the perpetuation of his own sick delusions; to dismiss logic and reason in order to concoct insane fairy tales; to irrevocably pollute public discourse with irrational nonsense, hysteria and baseless speculation; to proclaim a monopoly on all political information and opinion, to declare a position of moral and intellectual high-ground, and to incessantly criticize and belittle those who they would consider “sheeple” — all of which, no doubt, are infinitely infuriating things.

But there is nothing — and I mean nothing — that infuriates me more than when these people claim to be “true skeptics”; when they claim to be properly utilizing the scientific method; when they conflate the blind and hysterical questioning of everything with genuine investigative inquiry —…

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IronMan 3


OMG OMG OMG…….. I watched this for the first time and boy oh boy what a ride. We find Tony Stark relating tall tales to a new found friend, you’ll have to watch all the way to end of the credits to find out who. This is where Stark becomes human to us and to himself. The vulnerability is what will really stick out in the this. Tony shows his human side and this scares the shit out of him. He’s always been a smart ass and always in control, until now, and that is what scares him. In the Avengers he was close to dying and came back but changed. I was very impressed with this film. As a actor Robert Downey Jr. has been just an also ran, but I feel with a good vehicle for him to have to really stretch he will suprise us all. He was able to show some of it in IronMan 3. I for one will enjoy this film over and over again. It was fun and yes I did shed a tear or two, I such an old softy.

So for just the pure fun of it watch IronMan3 I think you’ll like the ride.


Sounds pretty good

Irish American Writers & Artists

The Barn is the second novel from Postmortem-press by Jason Downes and is slated for release early October.

The year is 1789 and the town of Aldwood have decided to build something that will serve the community. A place in which to gather in the fine weather and to store emergency supplies in the winter. A local farmer donates one of his fields and soon the work begins on this noble and worthy project.

However unbeknownst to the towns folk burried beneath the earth for hundreds of years, imprisoned there by the ancient native tribe in the area is a demon of unspeakable evil. It remains within its prison held there through an ancient rite and an oath never to build upon the land. Once the foundation for the barn is started, the oath is broken and the one last item which binds the thing to the field is taken and with it…

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Movies.


I’ve been trying to catch up on all the new films and old ones for that matter also. God what I’ve missed. When one is as poor as a church mouse one hasn’t a lot of opportunities to see and fall in love with films. I just watch three that no one else really liked. But even though they had not much to go on they gave me a moment to escape and isn’t that what movies are for.  I liked John Carter, I thought it fun and wouldn’t mind seeing a few more of the series. Thor, Not the best Thor but Loki was very well done. I like the bad guys sometimes. Battleship. Well what can I say. If they had ditched Rihanna I think it would have been a lot better off. All in all they gave me some place to go for a few hours. Reality sucks so watching films like these three took my mind off the world. I recommend something stupid and foolish every once in awhile. And don’t look at dialogue or acting abilities so much just go for the fun of it. 

Assault me.


I’m back. I know it’s been a long time and I’m sorry. I really have to get better at this. Any way, just watched Assault on Precinct 13. Not the original but the 2005 one. Now I’m a fan of action, love it better then anything else. So for me this was a I thought a good choice. It truned out I was right. it was a good choice. I’m not going to get into the why’s and wherefore’s of the production and the actors strength’s or weaknesses. Let’s just say I liked it, a lot better then the 1976 model. And if you haven’t noticed I do kinda like Gabriel Byrne. He plays a bad guy and I never really understood why he never really got the good roles. You know leading men to die for roles. Well in this film I finally figured it out. He dies well. So Now I won’t be so sad when he doesn’t get the lead. Ethan Hawke Looks more like a crack head, he’s so thin. And Lawrence Fishburne Does a good job. This may or may not be your cup of tea but for me it was worth a look. Just wish they’d not had all those women. Kinda took away a lot of the action that could have been in it. But the fem fatal I understand. All in all a good film for a rainy day with popcorn.. I will give it a three and half stars.